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“Danish History.”

Christiansborg Palace
Ranked #17 of 350 things to do in Copenhagen
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Christiansborg Palace is situated on the little island of Slotsholmen (Castle Island) which is surrounded by canals in the heart of Denmark's capital, Copenhagen. Denmark has one of the oldest monarchies in the world, and the palace has a long, dramatic history which revolves around the exercise of royal power. Today, Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance. Under its beautiful copper roof, the palace houses the Danish parliament, the office of the Danish prime minister and the Supreme Court. It is therefore the center for legislative, executive and judicial power in Denmark. The palace also accommodates rooms for the Danish Monarchy. Focusing on the royal part of the palace, Christiansborg Palace is H.M. the Queen's working palace. This is where the Queen holds audiences, signs laws, holds banquets and receptions, celebrates royal anniversaries and receives state visits. It is a working palace where old traditions and the modern Royal Family meet. You will see dazzling halls, adorned with colorful tapestries, vast paintings, patterned floors, glittering chandeliers, and sumptuous stucco ceilings. You can explore The Royal Kitchen and see its two tons of shiny copper kitchenware. You can visit the beautiful palace chapel, stand underneath its dome and let your head spin as you gaze up at the angels in the ceiling décor more than 30 metres above you. In The Royal Stables you'll find the the white royal horses in the wintertime, and in the summertime the exhibition "All the kings' horses" - all year around you can see the Royal Family's array of carriages. One of them is coated with 24-carat gold leaf. You can also explore the underground ruins underneath Christiansborg Palace. These are ruins of earlier castles and palaces showing that the Castle Island is steeped in 800 years of power and political intrigue.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Don't skip visiting the crypts under the palace. I thought this was the best bit -- lots of history, fascinating ruins of the prior castles on the site.

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

The tower of Christiansborg Castle is open to the public and it is certainly worth the effort to go through the security check and take the lift to see the tower and the view over Copenhagen.

Thank Christian V
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

I started my "tourist day" by visiting the palace and then fanned out from there to Nyhavn and the shopping district to make a full day of it. Typical palace type tour --but you can explore the grounds and chapel for free.

Thank morriganne
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Reviewed December 4, 2014

Definitely worth the visit. Home too of the Danish Royal stables. Amazing collection of modern tapestries which were made and presented to the Queen on the occasion of her 70th birthday.

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Reviewed December 3, 2014

We first visited the tower of the Christiansborg Palace in the dark of 5.00pm in November for the night time view of the city. You need to allow time to visit the tower as you go through 'airport security' scanning to enter this parliament building and then take 2 small lifts to get up, and finally climb some steps to the viewing gallery.Two days later we were back up the tower again for an excellent Sunday lunch.
The Palace itself was vast, with many well appointed rooms that were well worth the visit.There are also ruins in the basement and the royal stables and carriage museum which were all interesting.

Thank John J
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